Yes, I know that the whole process of choosing the faculty that’s best for you might be daunting, but it is a process that we all have to go through. And while doing so, it’s of crucial importance to pay attention to all the necessary points, so that you make the right choice. Knowing what you should focus on can help you tremendously, as this choice is not as simple as choosing the pair of shoes – a lot is at stake. So let me help you – take a look at the checklist below and think about it carefully. That way, you’ll definitely make the best choice:
1. Listen to your heart and think with your head
First and foremost, I think that listening to your heart is the best starting point for choosing the right faculty for you. Write down all the things that you would like to study, regardless of the financial rewards of those specific professions. Once you’ve completed that and included all the professions you feel passionate about, it’s time to think with your brain. Think about the positive and negative aspects of each of the professions you noted down. It might happen that you want to be an architect but simply don’t have the right talents for that, or to be an artist but you know it can’t be that financially rewarding. Finally, think about the time you will need to learn a specific skill. For example, if you really want to be an artist, you don’t have to choose that specific faculty, as you can make it your hobby and still be successful. However, studying something you like is of crucial importance – never enrol in something you don’t have any passion for at all.
2. Do your research
Let’s say you chose the faculty you definitely want. It’s time for doing a bit of research. When they told me to still think about my options and do my research, I didn’t quite get it at first. However, it gave me food for thought and there certainly are additional things to think about. Firstly, think about your time at the faculty and how much it would cost. Check the websites of the faculties for official information and student forums for other data such as the possibilities for student loans and such. Knowing all these facts can only help you in your future student career as you will be well-prepared.
3. Attend open days and fairs
If you chose a University that’s not in your hometown, you should definitely see when a fair or the Open Doors day will be held. That way, you’ll get to see the campus, the faculty and whether you like the life in that particular city. For example, if the faculty you chose is in Melbourne, you can take a couple of days, visit the faculty during its Open Days, book student accommodation in Melbourne CBD and experience the student life for a couple of days. Even though it might seem ridiculous now, it definitely helped me see myself in the campus and city I wanted to study in. You will get to see the place for yourself, talk to representatives and other students, and find out if you actually like this option.